Over the past year I got a new job, I lost a sibling to Lymphoma, I got engaged, I was asked to be in two weddings, I turned 27, and I gained 20 pounds. Life happened. It's been beautiful and it's been fucking miserable. It's almost ironic that my account is focused around Joy. But Joy is in my name and we all have to accept that we can't stop living. Life is what brings me Joy.
How does this relate to getting a juicer? It probably doesn't for most people, but it does for me.
I have discovered a new joy in prepping my breakfasts, and creating recipes with the pulp. It has been a bunch of simple changes that have totally changed my mood; I stopped buying breakfast and Starbucks in the morning; I've started losing weight; I don't hit that 2pm slump at work; I cook more when I get home; I have a routine. All of these little changes are making me realize the impact that one simple change can have on someone's day to day perspective.
On more than just a personal level, there are plenty of pros to replacing your regular meals with plant based options. I even have a friend who recently went vegan and has taught me about our current habits as a nation and the need for reducing meat-based meals in order to have a more sustainable food industry. Total disclaimer, I am not one to go vegan, or go full vegetarian for that matter. But I do think my friend has a point. Most people have meat or dairy at least three meals a day without one thought of where the animal/products they are eating came from. If everyone started to bring a little bit more awareness to the table, and started making minor changes to their eating habits, it would not be hard to make an impact on the production of meat and poultry in our country.
If you're wondering if it was hard to replace one meal a day with juice, it wasn't. But I think that everyone is different so there are ways to go about adjusting to this change. If you aren't a breakfast person, then this would be easy for you. If you are someone that demands their protein in the morning in order to get off on the right foot, then it may be a bit more difficult, but not impossible.
I was someone that always required eggs for breakfast or some sort of protein option. I thought that if I didn't have that, my whole day would be destroyed with fatigue and agitation. That is when I discovered morning smoothies; you can make them filled with protein and feel as full as having that $4 breakfast sandwich you bought at Starbucks with your latte (that was me last year). I have a lot of recommendations about smoothies but I'll leave that for another blog post. What I recommend if you want to start smoothie-ing for breakfast, is to try to avoid fruits high in sugar like bananas and apples.
Below is the exact juicer that I bought and I am in LOVE! And, it's only $50 so its perfect for beginners. I also bought the below glass containers that help me store my juice in the fridge overnight, and bring it to work in the morning. I had read that glass is more effective in maintaining freshness.
So here are two of my current recipes below if you feel like giving juicing a shot!
RED JUICE (makes around 3 cups)
1 raw beet (peeled)
4 Large Carrots (peeled)
1 Lemon whole
Ginger Root (I recommend a little at a time and see if you like the taste. I love ginger so I put about 2 1-inch chunks in
GREEN JUICE (Makes around 3 cups)
8 Romaine Leaves
4 Kale Leaves
Parsley (again to taste)
5 Celery stalks
1 whole lime